President Zuma attends UNGA72

Sunday, September 17, 2017

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in New York to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72).

UNGA, scheduled to take place between 19 and 25 September 2017, will be held under the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet”.

This will be the first General Debate for the newly appointed Secretary General, António Guterres, who started his term on 1 January 2017.  

Guterres said his major priority was the achievement of sustainable peace and security through conflict prevention by establishing a “culture of prevention” in the UN – which South Africa fully supports.

“For South Africa, this General Debate coincides with the centenary anniversary of Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo. President Zuma will host an event on 20 September 2017, at the UN, in honour of this global icon of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa,” said the Presidency in a statement.

In addition to addressing the General Debate, President Zuma will also sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 20 September 2017.

The Presidency said the signing of the treaty reflects South Africa’s continued commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons and ensuring that nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes only.

President Zuma will participate in a number of high-level meetings including the open debate on the Reform of UN Peacekeeping Operations, which be convened by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, whose country is currently serving as a rotating President of the UN Security Council for the month of September 2017.

He will also participate in the high-level event entitled: “African Union’s Theme of the Year Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action”, convened by the Chair of the African Union, President Alpha Condé.

President Zuma is accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of State Security David Mahlobo; Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa and Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane. –

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